Observation 34626: Clitocybe (Fr.) Staude

When: 2010-03-07

Collection location: Los Trancos Preserve, Palo Alto, California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)

No specimen available

Smells kind of bad, like oil paints.


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Recognized by sight: This reminds very much of Clitocybe phaeophthalma (hydrogramma, fritilliformis), a species (or species group) with a smell that is used to be compared with chicken manure or wet feathers. Here’s one picture:

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By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2010-03-08 12:31:07 CST (-0600)

There was no anise smell. The yellowish color is accurate and consistent. I found these in a few different places at los trancos yesterday. They are not quite as common as fragrans, but I have seen them several times this season. I didn’t see any fragrans yesterday however. There were quite a few fruit bodies in the places where they grew.

By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2010-03-08 10:17:06 CST (-0600)

In my mind, it’s one of the worst genera to deal with. To identify them just by the smell, is almost as futile as trying to do it by only measuring the spores. There are too many similar and poorly known species.
If it has a smell of aniseed, there are more options than fragrans. At least five more in little Scandinavia, imagine how many you could find in USA. And if it doesn’t even smell like fragrans..?

By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2010-03-08 06:49:27 CST (-0600)

I’ve found other Clitocybe in this same spot, I know just where these were found. The other Clitocybes I’ve found there look slightly similar to these, but had the odor of almonds, and I called them C. fragrans. Although these look rather yellow compared to what I’ve found there. I wonder if the off odor is just perhaps an old C. fragrans. Other Clitocybe could be possible.

About Clitocybe phaeophthalma
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2010-03-08 06:26:24 CST (-0600)

It has a good micro character, globose cells in the cap cuticle, like these:

There’s also an american species, Clitocybe adirondackensis Peck, that is mentioned as a synonym. I’m not sure if that’s true, Peck and following authors didn’t describe any particular smell.

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